You have a basic 6 man starting rotation averaging approx. 82 pts per game. · Hamilton · Billups · Prince · Wallace · Mohammed (key flex rotation) · McDyess (key flex rotation) __________________________________________ 82 pts (186 minutes) You have a 4 man bench rotation averaging approx. 50-60 minutes per game and potential representative substitution patterns. · Murray (Hamilton, Prince, Billups) · Delfino (Hamilton, Prince, Billups) · Hunter (Billups) · Maxiell (Hamilton, Prince with potential for Mohammed, McDyess) _________________________________________20 pts (50-65 minutes) The team should be averaging close to 100 pts. per game. Defensive goals are obvious. Backup with a mixture of rotation for those above: · Dupree (key flex for 4 man bench) · Davis (key flex for Mohammed, McDyess, Wallace) · Johnson (Hamilton, Prince) · Blalock (Billups) I would say that the most important backups and who have to get more playing time are Maxiell and Davis. This will avoid burnout, injury susceptibilities and bench development for your front line. The 4 player bench can step-up at any time for above average game play; but it seems that in order for fresh troops down the stretch and in the playoffs, one would need to currently develop a team rhythm so that everyone knows what to expect in role development and there are no surprises when called upon. I am assuming that no trade happens where JD can pickup insurance for the front 4 line. Seems like if this happens, then you would have to lose at least McDyess, one or more from the 4 man bench, one or more from the 3 backups and perhaps, a draft choice(s). Difficult territory to maneuver not knowing where we are at with CB (?). A personal outlook that I would try and which might become effective is to vary your starting lineup. There is no reason not to start any current bench player in order to mix team chemistry and gaining a positive bench outlook. I am assuming that the maturity of the starting five would see the benefit of this direction. It is extremely difficult for a coach to switch patterns that usually have better than average results. The Eastern Conference is down and depth as consistency from the bench will keep all teams struggling. Flip is in excellent shape to expand his offensive patterns and having the assistant coaches harping on the defensive end along with getting the bench ready. December and January should be excellent months for some of these experiments. In the end, most of the bench players would have started and shared time as starters. And please forum members; let’s try to relax your consistent regurgitation of Flip bashing. He’s not going anywhere. Try and take the high road. The Eastern Conference championship is for the Pistons to lose. Go Pistons!